Check out Mini-Techmeme for simple mobiles or Techmeme Mobile for modern smartphones.
4:00 PM ET, December 21, 2011

Techmeme

 Top Items: 
Tom Simonite / Technology Review:
Intel Shows Off Its Smart Phone and Tablet for 2012  —  Prototype devices show Intel chips running devices that could challenge the iPhone and iPad early next year.  —  The era of the personal computer dawned thanks in no small part to the chip maker Intel.
RELATED:
Lee Mathews / Geek.com:
Intel shows off first Medfield-powered Android smartphone and tablet
Discussion: GMSV
Frank X. Shaw / TechNet Blogs:
2012 Marks Final CES Keynote for Microsoft  —  Our industry moves fast and changes faster.  And so the way we communicate with our customers must change in equally speedy ways.  To ensure it does, we constantly challenge our assumptions.  For example:  —  · What's the right time and place to make announcements?
DealBook:
Yahoo to Consider Sale of Asian Assets  —  Yahoo's board will consider a deal to sell its holdings in Alibaba Group and its Japanese affiliate back to their majority owners in a complicated tax-free deal valued at about $17 billion, according to people briefed on the matter.
RELATED:
Dan Primack / Fortune:   Yahoo is only worth $1 billion?
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Yahoo Intensifies Search for CEO (With Hulu's Kilar as One Dream Unicorn Candidate)
Discussion: Business Insider and GeekWire
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Here's The Damning Letter A Massive AOL Shareholder Just Sent Tim Armstrong  —  Investment firm Starboard Value LP, which owns 4.5% of AOL, just sent a remarkably polite letter to AOL CEO Tim Armstrong telling him he is blowing it and that he needs Starboard's help.
RELATED:
Cade Metz / Wired Enterprise:
Ex-Google Man Sells Search Genius to Rest of World  —  MC Srivas brings Google's ‘secret sauce’ to everyone else.  Photo: MapR  —  M.C. Srivas is amazed by Google's search engine.  And he helped build Google's search engine.  —  He's amazed that if you search for “2005 Accord,” …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Here's the World's First Steve Jobs Statue  —  Here is a tutorial for public relations professionals: Some of you think that sending pitches with the subject line IN ALL CAPS is a good idea.  Others send out mass emails that begin “Item?”  Most of you send pitches about things I will never, ever care about.
Discussion: TechCrunch and WebProNews
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
TripAdvisor Dips Lower on First Day of Trading  —  TripAdvisor, which has collected more than 50 million reviews from travelers around the world, is facing a critique of its own on its first day trading on the Nasdaq.  —  The company, which was officially spun out of Expedia yesterday …
Discussion: TechCrunch, GeekWire and Pulse2
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Meet Circa, The Stealthy ‘News Experience’ Startup From Ben Huh And SimpleGeo Founder Matt Galligan  —  As we heard in August, SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan left the company to pursue other interests.  SimpleGeo was then bought by UrbanAirship in November, and fellow co-founder Joe Stump left …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Google Voice for iPhone updated; adds multi-recipient texting, Sprint support and more  —  Google has pushed live a new update for its Google Voice iPhone application, bringing iPhone users up to speed with features that have been present in its Android equivalent.
Sean Gallagher / Ars Technica:
How hackers gave Subway a $3 million lesson in point-of-sale security  —  Update: this story has been corrected and amended based on information received from Richard James of sendpace.com  —  For thousands of customers of Subway restaurants around the US over the past few years …
Dr. Raymond M. Soneira / DisplayMate:
IPS Tablet Display Technology Shoot-Out Amazon Kindle Fire - Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet - Apple iPad 2  —  Introduction A new wave of Tablets has arrived just in time for Christmas... But as we have seen many times before, most new Tablets are poorly thought out contenders that just wash away with the next wave.
The Mozilla Blog:
New Firefox for Android Experience Optimized for Tablets  —  Firefox for Android introduces a completely redesigned experience that is optimized for tablets and makes mobile browsing more intuitive.  New tools in Firefox enable developers to create interactive mobile Web experiences.
Rafe Needleman / CNET News:
What the heck is a ‘disposable’ iPhone camera?  —  Hipstamatic Disposable has only a tiny framing window.  —  A week ago, the Hipstamatic team added a new social camera app to its lineup, Hipstamatic Disposable.  And today, Sincerely is launching Dotti Disposable.
Jordan Kahn / 9to5Mac:
Kindle iOS app updated with new iPad UI for magazines, Send-to-Kindle cloud storage and more  —  The Kindle iPhone and iPad app were given a significant update, bringing it up to version 2.9 and introducing many new and highly requested features.  —  First up are a few iPad specific changes …
Richard Allan / Facebook:
Facebook and the Irish Data Protection Commission  —  The people who use Facebook take privacy and data protection seriously and so do we.  We work closely with privacy commissioners and regulators around the world to demonstrate our compliance with legal requirements and to improve our policies and practices.
Joanna Stern / The Verge:
Verizon: ‘4G LTE service returning to normal’  —  Late last night we discovered that many Verizon customers were not seeing 4G service on their phones.  Verizon support confirmed the issue, but it seems like the network is now back in business or at least on its way.
Clare Jim / Reuters:
HTC testing new models after patent case; shares jump  —  (Reuters) - HTC Corp has begun testing new phone models that work around technology cited in a patent lawsuit won by arch-rival Apple Inc, and HTC's chief executive voiced optimism over the company's ability to meet challenging market conditions.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Another $40 million for Jawbone from Kleiner Perkins, Deustche Telecom  —  Jawbone, a San Francisco-based company that makes mobile lifestyle accessories such as Jambox and Up, a personal health device, has raised another $40 million in new funds from Deutsche Telekom, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers …
Discussion: Business Insider
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Streamglider Takes On Flipboard And Pulse With Sleek Social Interest And News Reader For The iPad  —  Streamglider is launching its iPad app today, hoping to disrupt the tablet news consumption and social reader space.  Despite competition from Flipboard, Pulse, and many others …
Discussion: Nova Spivack
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Scribd Protests SOPA By Making A Billion Pages On The Web Disappear  —  The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is delayed in Congress, but it is definitely not dead.  The media company lobbyists and their Congressmen (hello, Lamar Smith!) are simply regrouping.  Some of the more controversial aspects …
Discussion: The Next Web
Eric Eldon / TechCrunch:
Sharing Scheduler App Buffer Raises $400,000, Gets Kicked Out Of US  —  First, the bad news for Buffer.  The startup of European expats in San Francisco is being kicked out of the country due to our stupid, self-destructive immigration laws.  They're temporarily relocating to Hong Kong while they try to figure things out.
Discussion: Buffer and GigaOM
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Dear Congress: It's Not OK Not To Know How Search Engines Work, Either  —  Did watching elected representatives debate SOPA last week without understanding some fundamentals of the internet rattle your nerves?  Welcome to my world of watching the same thing happen about Google and search.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
RIAA: Someone Else Is Pirating Through Our IP-Addresses  —  Over the past week we've had fun looking up what governments, Fortune 500 companies, and even the most dedicated anti-piracy groups download on BitTorrent.  All we had to do is put their IP-addresses into the search form on YouHaveDownloaded and hit after hit appeared.
Wall Street Journal:
Microsoft, Nokia Flirted With RIM  —  Microsoft Corp. and Nokia Corp. in recent months flirted with the idea of making a joint bid for Research In Motion Ltd., according to people familiar with the matter.  —  The status of the talks remains unclear.  But the fact that the discussions took place …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Google: AdMob Saw 8 Billion Tablet Ad Requests In November, Up 700 Percent From Last Year  —  Tablet use has skyrocketed over the past year, so it makes sense that advertisers are flocking to these devices and platforms to reach consumers.  Google tells us that in November 2011 …
Discussion: Electronista
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Distimo's Year-End Report Shows Why Developers Love iOS: iPhone 4x Android Revenue, iPad 2x  —  There are now over a million mobile applications available across the top seven major app stores, according to mobile analytics firm Distimo in its year-end report for 2011.
 
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Techmeme at 4:00 PM ET, December 21, 2011.

View the current page or another snapshot:


 
 Techmeme Sponsor Posts: 
Microsoft:
Windows 10 Technical Preview now available  —  Microsoft introduces the Windows Insider Program and Technical Preview, designed to generate feedback from participants who want to engage in the development of Microsoft's next-generation operating system.
Amazon Web Services:
Amazon Mobile Analytics- 100M Free Events per Month!  —  Collect app usage data at scale.  Amazon Mobile Analytics delivers usage reports within 60 minutes of receiving data.  Start Free now on iOS, Android & Fire OS apps.
Silicon Valley Bank:
A Conversation with Steve Ballmer  —  I got a special treat the other night, the chance to interview Steve Ballmer, the legendary Microsoft CEO-turned-NBA team owner.  The event was part of a series of conversations I've …
Zoho:
Placebo Marketing - Are appearances worth your time?  —  Customers can be naive, fickle, or simply ignorant.  Their choices are heavily biased towards outward appearances.  Why do subtle differences cause so much chaos in your sales?
Sponsor Techmeme
 
 Site News: 

Nothing recent. See Techmeme News for earlier news.

 
 See Also: 
Techmeme: site main
Techmeme River: reverse chronological Techmeme
Mini-Techmeme: Techmeme for mobiles
Techmeme Leaderboard: Techmeme's top sources
 
 Subscribe: 
Techmeme RSS feed
Techmeme on Twitter
 
 
 More Items: 
Liz Ahlberg / News Bureau:
Self-healing electronics could work longer and reduce waste
Mat Smith / Engadget:
Sony PlayStation Vita review (Japanese edition)
Discussion: The Verge
Fergal Glynn / threatpost:
Quality Coding Takes A Break For The Holidays. But Why?
Discussion: TechEye
Nancy Messieh / The Next Web:
On Twitter, people want to follow personal versus official accounts of journalists
Chris Welch / The Verge:
SMS and social media banned in Congo, deaf residents lose critical means of contact
Discussion: Forbes, Engadget and Geekosystem
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Startups Return To Reality TV: Producer Of Bloomberg's TechStars Readies New Show
Discussion: Business Insider and socalTECH.com
DAVID ASCHER:
You knew the old Mozilla, meet the new Mozilla
 Earlier Items: 
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Archos fights Kindle Fire with $199 Honeycomb tablet
Matt Burns / TechCrunch:
Amazon Finally Releases OTA Kindle Fire Update To Address Performance And Touchscreen Issues
Seth Weintraub / 9to5Google:
Andy Rubin announces: 700,000 Android devices activated every day
 

 
From Mediagazer:

Nieman Lab:
A mixed bag on apps: What The New York Times learned with NYT Opinion and NYT Now

Reuters:
France's Orange to market Netflix in November - CEO

David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Egypt Seizes Newspapers to Censor an Article

 
Sister Sites:

Mediagazer
 Must-read media news
memeorandum
 Politics, opinion, and current events
WeSmirch
 Celebrity news and gossip